I have a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Politics from the University of Sheffield in the UK and I completed my master’s degree at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Prior to becoming a secondary school teacher, I spent a year teaching English as an Additional Language in Seoul in South Korea. This in many ways solidified my decision to become a fully qualified teacher. During my time in Seoul, I enjoyed encouraging students to foster a love for learning and watching their confidence in their use of English grow over time. I therefore made the decision to go and complete my PGCE at the University of Bristol where I spent my teaching practice at two very contrasting state schools.
I have been teaching Geography and Politics at a high achieving secondary in North London for the past few years. I have enjoyed working with students from a wide variety of different cultures and backgrounds. I am always keen to encourage students to think outside the box and look at geographical issues from a different perspective. I believe being a teacher is not only about helping students to acquire knowledge but also about providing them with the skills they need to succeed in life. I made the decision to come to Guangzhou as I had always wanted to return to Asia and I was and I am still keen to discover what this constantly changing city has to offer.
I grew up in the Chester in the United Kingdom and my parents were always keen to encourage me to explore. Since graduating from university I have made it my mission to travel as widely as possible as I am always keen to know more about other cultures and the world that surrounds us. I recently spent some time volunteering at a Non-Governmental Organisation in Jodhpur, Northern India, they aim to provide women who were not able to attend school with the academic skills they need to gain employment. In addition, to this I am an avid reader and a big fan of the Harry Potter books. I also enjoy swimming and I occasionally play badminton.